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How to dispose of bullets
« on: June 27, 2012, 08:44:39 AM »
Yesterday I was doing some cleaning and notices I had a ammo box of 22 rounds that got wet and need to be tossed.  I started thinking it might not be safe to just throw in the trash so the question is how do I get rid of these bullets?

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Re: How to dispose of bullets
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2012, 08:49:26 AM »
Contact your local law enforcement people for direction ... they will help !  :twocents:

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Re: How to dispose of bullets
« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2012, 09:01:38 AM »
Toss them in the wood stove at elk camp.. :yike:
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I have heard to soak them in old motor oil for a few days, then dispose of them in the garbage.

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Re: How to dispose of bullets
« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2012, 10:00:08 AM »
I had to call the local sheriff's office and they sent a deputy over to pick them up.

I had originally gone to the office but they told me to go home, gave me a number to call and the deputy was there within a couple of hours and carted off my old ammo.  I just had some old ammo cans with a variety of shotgun shells and old rifle ammo in different calibers. 

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Re: How to dispose of bullets
« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2012, 10:39:51 AM »
Try calling the local gun range. They may be able to help out. I had the same thing w/ some 22 rounds and my range took em off my hands.

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Re: How to dispose of bullets
« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2012, 10:42:16 AM »
Hahahaha! How do I dispose of a almost empty BIC lighter?

(A) Call the fire chief.

(B) Call disaster relief/ RedCross.

(C) Ask on the Internet.

(D) Make am command decision andmdeal with it yourself.

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Re: How to dispose of bullets
« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2012, 10:47:47 AM »
Toss them in the wood stove at elk camp.. :yike:
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No big deal,they'd just pop like popcorn.

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Re: How to dispose of bullets
« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2012, 10:54:15 AM »
Hahahaha! How do I dispose of a almost empty BIC lighter?

(A) Call the fire chief.

(B) Call disaster relief/ RedCross.

(C) Ask on the Internet.

(D) Make am command decision andmdeal with it yourself.

Some things best left unsaid. Before , during and after such actions.

The guy just wants to do what's right.   :dunno:  In my case, I was worried about some kids getting a hold of it if I just dumped it in the trash or some guy managing to set one off (however unlikely) after he ran it over with the backhoe thingy at the transfer station.

I had to dig around a little to find out the right answer...seems like this guy asking on a forum is getting him the correct answer and so the answer, in this case, is C).  No matter how much you wish it wasn't.

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Re: How to dispose of bullets
« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2012, 10:58:38 AM »
Answer C.   Bing! Bing! Wrong Answer! :chuckle: :chuckle: :chuckle: :chuckle: You are a NO GO AT THIS STATION. :o
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Re: How to dispose of bullets
« Reply #9 on: June 27, 2012, 11:02:28 AM »
Contact your local law enforcement people for direction ... they will help !  :twocents:

Really?  Don't you think they have better things to do?


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Re: How to dispose of bullets
« Reply #10 on: June 27, 2012, 11:18:23 AM »
Some things best left unsaid. Before , during and after such actions.

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Re: How to dispose of bullets
« Reply #11 on: June 27, 2012, 11:27:18 AM »
Don't toss them in the garbage....

About 8 years ago I worked for Snohomish County Solid Waste Division. I did the maintenance at the transfer stations. We were air arcing out the walking floor at the Arlington station when suddenly all hell broke loose. :yike:
 My carbon arc rod touched off a 30-30 shell. I checked myself and others over quickly to make sure none of us were hurt as we were inside a concrete trench. We started looking around more and discovered that there were about 100 rounds of different caliber ammo all stuck down in the cracks of the walking floor. We spent about 2 hours digging them all out so we could continue with out being shot.
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Re: How to dispose of bullets
« Reply #12 on: June 27, 2012, 12:07:12 PM »
If you're really bored, you can separate it all. :chuckle:

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Re: How to dispose of bullets
« Reply #13 on: June 27, 2012, 12:36:24 PM »
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We started looking around more and discovered that there were about 100 rounds of different caliber ammo all stuck down in the cracks of the walking floor. We spent about 2 hours digging them all out so we could continue with out being shot. 


I don't believe you can be "shot" by a cartridge that goes off that is not contained within the chamber of a firearm. One thing I know for sure, is the bullet will not go anywhere. Maybe the brass case would because it's lighter but I'm not sure about that. Maybe it's time for some experimenting in the back yard.  :tup:   :chuckle:



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Re: How to dispose of bullets
« Reply #14 on: June 27, 2012, 01:30:00 PM »
I agree with bobcat. Once there is a pressure breach it would be over. Things may fly around and could potentially cause injury but no bullet will fly like shot from a gun. Also I don't understand the used oil thing? What affect will used oil have on ammunition?

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Re: How to dispose of bullets
« Reply #15 on: June 27, 2012, 02:02:54 PM »
How about shoot them.  Those that don't shoot toss.  I would throw them in the fire at elk camp but thats just me.
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Re: How to dispose of bullets
« Reply #16 on: June 27, 2012, 02:56:03 PM »
Contact your local law enforcement people for direction ... they will help !  :twocents:

Really?  Don't you think they have better things to do?

Obviously when helping someone and you provide the correct answer those that don't even have a clue feel the need to answer ( better to remain silent and be thought a f**l, than open mouth and leave no doubt).
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Re: How to dispose of bullets
« Reply #17 on: June 27, 2012, 03:07:22 PM »
Its not that they were just laying on the floor, they were wedged down in between pieces of steel, creating a potential for high velocity shrapnel.  :)
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Re: How to dispose of bullets
« Reply #18 on: June 27, 2012, 03:12:07 PM »
First, please use correct terminology.  What you stated you are disposing of are loaded cartridges, not bullets.  Bullets can be thrown in a dumpster.  Loaded ammunition with powder and primers should be disposed of properly.

Sorry to sound pedantic, but words do matter. :tup:
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Re: How to dispose of bullets
« Reply #19 on: June 27, 2012, 03:38:53 PM »
First, please use correct terminology.  What you stated you are disposing of are loaded cartridges, not bullets.  Bullets can be thrown in a dumpster.  Loaded ammunition with powder and primers should be disposed of properly.

Sorry to sound pedantic, but words do matter. :tup:

I think Bob gets credit for the right answer for using "pedantic" in a sentence.

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Re: How to dispose of bullets
« Reply #20 on: June 27, 2012, 03:49:44 PM »
They will make a bang but without the chamber to hold and direct the shell nothing more than loosing an eye would happen.  :yike:  so make sure you put a lid on the burn barrel.   :chuckle:

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Re: How to dispose of bullets
« Reply #21 on: June 27, 2012, 04:10:50 PM »
First, please use correct terminology.  What you stated you are disposing of are loaded cartridges, not bullets.  Bullets can be thrown in a dumpster.  Loaded ammunition with powder and primers should be disposed of properly.

Sorry to sound pedantic, but words do matter. :tup:

I think Bob gets credit for the right answer for using "pedantic" in a sentence.
Thanks.  Just don't use any of those bullets on me. :peep:
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Re: How to dispose of bullets
« Reply #22 on: June 27, 2012, 04:26:29 PM »
"Pedantic?"

I'll have to look that one up.   :dunno:


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Re: How to dispose of bullets
« Reply #23 on: June 27, 2012, 04:28:06 PM »
"Overly concerned with minute details or formalisms, especially in teaching".
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Re: How to dispose of bullets
« Reply #24 on: June 27, 2012, 04:29:25 PM »
22rimfire- Hold the bullet with a pair of pliers, pull the case with your fingers, twisting and it will come apart, dump the powder in the grass, spray a little wd40 in the case to kill the primeing compound in the rim. Then throw the case and bullet in the trash. Low pressure rounds like the 22lr will launch the bullet at a pretty high speed if the cartridge is thrown in a fire. Higher pressure rounds like most modern CF cartrides, it thrown in a fire will blow up like a brass firecracker, the brass will blow to crap but wont launch the bullet.
Calling law enforcement to dispose of your junk ammo is a waste of their time and our tax dollars.

 

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